Beatrice Cuming: Connecticut Precisionist


Museum Director Pierce Rafferty will host a virtual presentation by Tanya Pohrt, Ph.D., curator, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut

In Gardens We Trust: A Fishers Island Native Plant Chat

Native plants are essential to repairing and sustaining our fragile ecosystem on Fishers Island. But what makes them unique, and how can we use them effectively? Join us at the Museum for a first-of-its-kind event to find out!

Climate and Changing Abundance of Songbirds on Fishers Island in Spring

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY, United States

Join us at the Museum for an illustrated talk by Skyler Kardell and William Schenck who have been researching and documenting bird life on Fishers Island with logistical assistance by the HLFM.

The Deep Impacts of Composting

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY, United States

Join us at the Museum for an illustrated talk by lifelong composter, Jayne Merner, from Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, RI

Backyard Birding Adventure

FAMILY PROGRAM Curious about the birds in your backyard? Learn how to use binoculars and identify some of our local birds. Then we’ll make a treat to bring home and feed our feathered friends.

Chasing Shadows

Join us at the Museum for an illustrated talk with author Ret Talbot, who will discuss a conservation success story about restoring great white sharks, apex predators, to an ecosystem.

Nature’s Recyclers

FAMILY PROGRAM What happens to nature’s trash? Learn about vultures, insects and other decomposers and the important role they play in our environment.


This illustrated talk by Kim Hargrave, Education Director of the DPNC, examines the fascinating world of Mustelidae, a diverse family of carnivorous mammals that include mink, otters and fisher cats.

Owl Prowl

FAMILY PROGRAM Come dissect an owl pellet and meet a DPNC resident owl. Learn about the life cycles and amazing adaptations of these remarkable birds.

Quetzals: Icons of the Cloud Forest

Renowned ornithologist and author Alan Poole will present an illustrated talk based on his new book, about a dazzling cloud forest bird that is native to the cloud forests of Mexico, and Central and South America.

The House that History Flowed Through

Museum Director Pierce Rafferty’s illustrated talk chronicles how the history of Fishers Island from the Colonial era to date can be traced through the evolution of a single island structure: the Mansion House.


FAMILY PROGRAM Flowers come in an incredible array of shapes, sizes and colors. Students will have a chance to dissect a flower and learn the roles pollination plays in plant reproduction.


Dr. Mary Beth Decker, Research Scientist in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale, will give an illustrated talk that sheds light one of the ocean’s most mysterious invertebrate animals.

FIND 2024

A Week (5 DAYS) of Learning Programs from August 12-16 for young Island naturalists ages 5 to 10. The cost per participant is $400 for the week. To promote group cohesion and learning, we encourage all participants to attend all five sessions.

Creepers and Leapers

FAMILY PROGRAM Live frogs, snakes and salamanders provide an up-close introduction to the interesting adaptations of our native amphibians and reptiles.